Curriculum Vitae: Alison Mackay

Born in the UK, now lives and works in Jervis Bay, on the NSW south coast, as a painter, photographer and writer.
Completed Painting IV course at Nowra TAFE in 2008 with distinction.

Main focus: Still Life works in oil and acrylic.
Other work: Landscape, figures and portraits using oil and acrylic.
Printmaking - etchings, aquatints and linocuts.

Solo Exhibitions:

Milk Factory Bowral "Objective" Still life paintings 2011

Locavore,Huskisson “Everything... and the Kitchen Sink” 2009
Shoalhaven City Art Centre “Gender Agenda” - figure paintings 2008
Jervis Bay Kiosk, Huskisson “Mostly Flowers” 2007
Jervis Bay Kiosk, Huskisson “59 Apples…” 2006
Jervis Bay Kiosk, Huskisson “Cut from Above” 2005
Column Ate – Chicken exhibition 2004
J and J’s café 2000 Sydney “Chicken and vegetables”

Selected Joint Exhibitions:

2011 "The Larapinta Exhibition" - group show at Defiance Gallery, Sydney

2011 Portia Geach Memorial Award, Sydney - Finalist

2010 “NEW” – group exhibition Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Bungendore
2010 “A Meating of Minds” – joint exhibition Shoalhaven City Arts Centre
2010 Stanthorpe Art Prize Exhibition – Finalist
2009 “Horse” Joint exhibition at Shoalhaven City Arts Centre
2009 BDAS Turnbull Prize – Finalist
2009 Mortimore Prize (Dubbo) – Finalist Still Life section
2009 Meroogal Women’s Arts Prize - Touring exhibition
2009 Shoalhaven Arts Society Exhibition – Winner Still Life prize
2009 Alvaro Still Life Prize – Highly Commended
2009 “Small is Beautiful” Pyrmont Art Festival/Tap Gallery Sydney
2009 Camberwell Prize Exhibition
2008-9 Wollongong City Gallery 30th Anniversary exhibition
2008 Mortimore Prize Exhibition - finalist
2008 Meroogal Women’s Arts Prize “celebrating everyday things”
2008 “Immersion & Observation” still life at Jervis Bay Kiosk
2008 “Little Archies” Winner portrait prize at Lady Denman Museum
2008 Stanthorpe Prize Exhibition - finalist
2007 Whyalla Prize Exhibition - finalist
2007 Lexus Mortimore Prize Exhibition - finalist
2007 Meroogal Women's Arts Prize "Origins & Identity"
- Highly Commended (selected to tour to Bega, Sydney, Wollongong, Mittagong)
2007 Shoalhaven Arts Society Prize - Wray Owens prize for best acrylic painting
2007 "Take Two" exhibition of figure paintings at Jervis Bay Kiosk
2007 "The Alisons" exhibition of etchings at 'The Tea Club' Nowra
2007 "Woollamia Women" at Browne's Studio, Woollamia
2006 Jervis Bay and Basin Arts “Under 500” Exhibition
2006 Meroogal Women’s Arts Prize – “Reduce, Recycle, Renew”
2006 Shoalhaven Arts Society Prize - commended
2006 The Silos Winery – “Harvest” exhibition prize
2006 See Change – “Delightfully Earthy” - Chooks
2006 See Change – “In Deep” Exhibition
2006 See Change – “Little Archies” - Highly Commended
2005 Fisher’s Ghost prize Campbelltown, Sydney
2005 Canberra Art Prize - finalist
2005 Meroogal Women’s Arts Prize “Pattern, Stitches and Threads”
(Selected to tour to: Bega, Sydney, Wollongong & Bowral)
2005 Shoalhaven Society Art Prize - Highly commended
2005 Jervis Bay and Basin Arts “On the Edge” winter exhibition
2004 See Change – “In Deep” joint exhibition
2001 Fisher’s Ghost prize Campbelltown, Sydney
2000 PCL Exhibitionists Sydney – joint exhibition at Christmas


Bundanon Trust, Artist in Residence Programme 2006

Articles and publications:

“Artist exposes beauty in the ordinary” South Coast Register Nov 09
Wollongong City Gallery 30th Anniversary catalogue 2008/9
“Artist stripped of bare essentials” Illawarra Mercury 2008
“Alison’s bared soul catches judges’ eye” South Coast Register August 2008
“In my shoes” publicity/entry form for Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2008
“I am woman, see me paint” South Coast Register June 2008
“See Change at Worrowing” South Coast Register June 2006